2/14: A People’s Hearing on Chicago Police Torture Reparations

Project NIA to Participate in People’s Hearing on Chicago Torture Reparations Ordinance

photo by Sarah Jane Rhee (City Hall, 1/15/15)

photo by Sarah Jane Rhee (City Hall, 1/15/15)

CHICAGO — Project NIA will be partnering with Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Amnesty International USA and We Charge Genocide to hold a People’s Hearing this Saturday, Feb. 14 at 1 p.m. CST to discuss the Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors. Despite ongoing and repeated requests for a public hearing, the City Council has not scheduled a hearing, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel has failed to take meaningful steps to move the ordinance forward.

Therefore, the people of the City of Chicago, are holding a People’s Hearing. Mayoral candidates have been invited to come and state their position on the Ordinance so that voters know where they stand and the chief co-sponsors, Howard Brookins Jr. (21st ward) and Proco Joe Moreno (1st Ward) will discuss the ordinance and its passage.  Reverend Hatch of the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church (NMP) will also speak in favor of passage of the ordinance.

The Ordinance, which would provide meaningful redress to over 110 African American men and women tortured by notorious former Police Commander Jon Burge and his detectives, has been stalled in the City Council Finance Committee for over a year, although it has the support of over half of the current City Council members. Saturday also marks the day Burge is expected to be released from house arrest after serving less than four years in prison for perjury.

The People’s Hearing will also feature testimonials by survivors of Burge torture and community leaders who will give voice to the specific objectives of the Ordinance. Young poets from Young Chicago Authors will perform original poems inspired by the history of Burge torture and the struggle for restorative justice.

Saturday, Feb. 14 at 1:00pm – 3:00pm in CST


Chicago Temple, the Sanctuary
77 W. Washington St
Chicago, Illinois 60602

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